Surprisingly Cool Summer Exhibitions

This summer, Famously Hot Columbia will be Surprisingly Cool inside the Museum as we present four exhibitions that will charm and engage children and adults alike. Visitors will be captivated by Shelley Reed’s stark black-and-white paintings, delight in identifying their favorite college mascot in Cheer for the Home Team, and be enchanted by Anita Lobel’s vibrant illustrations and Daryl Trivieri's whimsical animals.

  • Animal Instinct:
    Paintings by Shelley Reed

    May 16, 2014 - September 14, 2014

    Based in Boston, Mass., Reed is an unexpected painter because she does not use color in her current work, although she started out as a colorist. Her palette shrank as she became less interested in exploiting color and more interested in exploring the meaning of Old Master paintings. The result of her ongoing "conversations" with the Old Masters is Animal Instinct, an impressive selection of 37 large-scale black and white paintings of animals posing as people, including a wall-length mural. The CMA is the first museum to present a career retrospective of American artist Shelley Reed.

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  • Cheer for the Home Team!
    Animal Mascots in the Collection

    May 16, 2014 - September 14, 2014

    This family-friendly exhibition includes 37 works featuring animals that serve as college mascots. The exhibition explores the qualities of certain animals that make them popular as mascots, like the fighting gamecock and the tiger. A diversity of objects is drawn from all aspects of the CMA collection, including European paintings, American folk art, and Asian ceramics. Some of the works have not been on view before and will be new to visitors.

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  • All the World’s a Stage: Anita Lobel

    May 27, 2014 - August 17, 2014

    Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. Her life and career are truly amazing-from Holocaust survivor to designer to revered author and illustrator of children's books. This exhibition is comprised of over 70 works on paper and 30 books, representing more than 40 years of the artist's work. Selections range from Lobel's art as a textile designer in the early 1960s to some of her most famous books, such as Nini Here and There, Sven's Bridge, and Away From Home. The show will be on view in the CMA's Wells Fargo Education Gallery and in the community gallery at Richland Library's Main Branch. Free and open to the public at both locations. On loan from the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas.

    Exhibition Sponsors:

    • Dr. Carolyn Kressler-Greenberg and Dr. Stanley Greenberg
    • The Humanities Council of South Carolina
    • Carolina Children's Literature Consortium
    • University of South Carolina
    • Columbia Jewish Federation
    • Rose and Fred Sheheen
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  • Daryl Trivieri's Fantastic Animals:
    Selections from the Vogel Collection

    May 30, 2014 - August 31, 2014

    This show features the work of an artist of wild imagination with tremendous drawing skills. Trivieri's obsession with animal imagery is the subject of this whimsical exhibition of two dozen works on paper. His influences range from the dreamlike masterworks of Brueghel to the surrealism of Dali. Throughout his career, Trivieri has been fascinated with the endless possibilities of pencil on paper. This jewel of an exhibition is organized from the CMA's extensive Vogel Collection of nearly 600 contemporary works given to the Museum in 2012 by the New York collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel.

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Scorching Sponsors

  • AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
  • South Carolina Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care

Sizzling Sponsors

  • Mr. Albert S. Babinec
  • Mike and Julie Brenan
  • Dr. James B. Holderman
  • KeenanSuggs
  • Myrtle T. Robinson